Archive for the ‘ClawMarks’ Category

Tiger Claw Elite Championships, JUL+AUG Kung Fu Tai Chi & three new ezine articles!

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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

The Tiger Claw Elite Championship and the 2nd KUNG FU TAI CHI DAY were stunning successes. See photos on Kung Fu Tai Chi’s facebook page and videos on Kung Fu Tai Chi’s YouTube channel!

Enter to win THE TIGER CLAW’S KUNGFUMAGAZINE.COM CHAMPIONSHIP DVD COLLECTION! Contest ends 6:00 p.m. PST on 5/30/13. Good luck everyone!

The table of contents from our JULY+AUGUST 2013 issue are online. Also available for Smart phones and tablets at Zinio.

Is MMA truly at odds with Traditional Chinese Martial Arts? Read What MMA Has to Teach Us about Chinese Martial Arts by Peter Lorge
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Gina Carano is back on the silver screen. Read FAST AND FURIOUS 6: A Sexquel with Conviction by Gene Ching
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Director Stephan Chow (SHAOLIN SOCCER, KUNG FU HUSTLE) just had a huge blockbuster in China. Read Chiu Chi Ling on JOURNEY TO THE WEST: CONQUERING DEMONS by Gene Ching with Kevin Ho

Chinese New Year, HAYWIRE, OUTRAGE and Kung Fu Tai Chi

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

The table of contents from Kung Fu Tai Chi’s March April 2012 issue is now online. Also available is an important announcement from Tiger Claw in our Claw Marks column.

On Monday, January 23rd, we celebrated Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year is celebrated the Lantern Festival 15 days later. In celebration, we’ve posted three Chinese New Years articles. Read YEAR OF THE DRAGON 2012: She Takes Her Fan and Throws it in the Lion’s Den and part 2, YEAR OF THE DRAGON 2012: The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Head by Gene Ching. Also read Chinese New Year’s at the True North Shaolin Temple: Rebuilding the Northern Shaolin: Part IV by Gregory Brundage

Can the ‘face’ of MMA make it on the big screen? Read Gina Carano Goes HAYWIRE by Gene Ching

Enter to win OUTRAGE on DVD! Contest ends 6:00 p.m. PST on 02/09/2012. Good luck everyone!

Lopez Bears the Torch for Tae Kwon Do

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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
Steven Lopez, Olympic Tae Kwon Do champion, carries the Olympic Torch to Vancouver.

Steven Lopez, Olympic Tae Kwon Do champion, carries the Olympic Torch to Vancouver.

For the Spring 2010 Clawmarks, I had the opportunity to interview Steven Lopez. Here is a complete, unabridged version of my interview.

Steven Lopez became the first fighter to win five world championship titles when he captured the men’s welterweight gold medal at the 2009 WTF World Taekwondo Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Lopez, 30, won his first world championship gold medal in 2001 and has been undefeated at the biennial event ever since, winning titles in 2003, 2005 and 2007. He has also won two Olympic gold medals (2000 & 2004) and one Olympic bronze medal (2008) in the last decade, but the world championships are often regarded as being the tougher event due to the depth of the field.

For the 2010 Winter Olympics, Steven has the honor of being a torchbearer. He works tirelessly to help others and to promote Tae Kwon Do. I had the honor to interview him for the Spring 2010 issue of Clawmarks. Not only is he a great athlete, but a truly martial person.

JO: Lets start off with getting some info on you being a torch bearer. That’s pretty cool.

Yeah it’s awesome. It’s something that I’m pretty proud of. I just always remember at the beginning of the Olympics seeing whichever athlete or person of some influence holding onto the torch. It’s just a mark of the beginning of the Olympics and I just always remember that being a great memory for me and it’s a huge honor as well.

JO: You have been doing some community work. Would you tell us about that as well?

SL: Well, I think I always made it a goal of mine, as a kid, if I ever reached a platform where I could reach people and be a positive influence on their lives and inspire them, whether it be something I said or something I did. I’ve had the opportunity to win 2 gold medals and win a bronze and I’ve had the opportunity to go to many businesses and universities/schools to speak on leadership. It brings me great gratification and sense of fulfillment to do that. (more…)